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Breaking: 7 Nigerian military personnel die in plane crash

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Seven individuals on board a military airplane died in an accident on Sunday close to Nigeria’s capital Abuja, the nation’s airforce spokesman said.

The reason for the mishap is at this point unclear however officials said the pilot had detailed a engine failure.

“A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft crashed while returning to the Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure,” spokesman Ibikunle Daramola said in a statement.

“Sadly, all seven personnel on board died in the crash,” he added.

Video posted via social media showed water cannon being utilized to quench the blazes at the scene, while countless spectators gathered around.

The air force said an investigation concerning the mishap was in progress.

Nigeria’s minister of aviation Sirika Hadi additionally affirmed the mishap.

Through Twitter on Sunday, Mr Sirika said the airplane crashed short of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

This was after engine failure was accounted for as it went to Minna, the capital of Niger State.

“It appears to be fatal. We should remain calm and wait for the outcome of investigations by the military, while we pray for the departed soul, if any,” the minister said.

Reports indicated that the plane belonging to the Nigerian Air Force departed from Abuja at 10.33 UTC with at least six persons on board, including two crew.

The engine failure was reported at about 10.39 UTC and crashed landed on the final approach path of Abuja Runway 22 at 10.48 UTC.

Mr James Odaudu, the director of Press and Public Affairs at the Federal Ministry of Aviation, also confirmed the crash.

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